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Sen. Joni Ernst says Trump’s tweets are racist, but that doesn’t change her support for him

Sen. Joni Ernst wants to make one thing clear: President Donald Trump’s latest racist statements haven’t diminished her support for him. “I’d love for you to make that clear,” Ernst told Politico on Tuesday. “While I don’t appreciate the tweets, but I still support the president.” […]

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Democrat Theresa Greenfield announces a run for Ernst’s U.S. Senate seat

Real estate executive Theresa Greenfield announcing on Monday that she is joining the race for win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in 2020. Greenfield stressed her “farm kid values” in the video, which features high production values—including dramatic reenactments from her life as a farm kid in rural Minnesota—and is, so far, the only 2020 campaign video to use the word “castrate.” […]

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Ernst and Grassley claim Trump is cleared after Mueller’s comments

Iowa’s U.S. senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both issued written statements on Wednesday following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s press conference. In his brief public remarks, Mueller stressed that his investigation found “Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system.” […]

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Eddie Mauro becomes the second Iowa Democrat to announce a 2020 Senate run

Democrat Eddie Mauro announced on Monday he is running for the U.S. Senate. The Des Moines businessman has long been active in progressive politics, and in 2018 he made an unsuccessfully bid for the Democratic nomination for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. […]

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Following Mueller report release, Grassley calls for investigation of ‘Trump’s political opponents,’ Ernst says ‘we all know’ Trump ‘has a brash demeanor’

Twenty years ago, Sen. Chuck Grassley was very clear how a president should behave: “The American people have a right to expect their president to be completely truthful.” The contrast between Grassley’s 1999 stance and his official statement on the Mueller report has been attracting attention

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The man charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts has requested a change of venue for trial (Updated)

Update: On March 27, the Poweshiek County District Court granted Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s request for a change of venue. His trial for the murder of Mollie Tibbetts has been moved to Woodbury County. Bahena Rivera’s attorneys had asked the case be moved to a community “where a minority population is substantially represented.” Latinos make up […]

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Iowa’s congressional Democrats vote to end President Trump’s ‘state of emergency’ at the border

Iowa’s three congressional Democrats — Rep. Cindy Axne, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and Rep. Dave Loebsack — joined 242 fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives in voting for a resolution to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. All 232 House Democrat participating in the vote approved the bill, […]

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New poll finds record high approval ratings for Gov. Reynolds and Sen. Ernst

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sen. Joni Ernst both have record high job approval ratings, according to a new Iowa poll published by the Des Moines Register on Wednesday. Fifty-nine percent of poll respondents approved of the job Reynolds is doing, while 57 percent approved of what Ernst has done in office. The poll also found […]

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Joni Ernst solicited donations off her support for an NRA bill less than 72 hours after Parkland anniversary, Aurora shooting

Three days after the first anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 and wounded 14, and two days after a workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, that killed five and wounded five police officers, Sen. Joni Ernst launched a fundraising effort based on her support for a top NRA legislative priority. On […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst (or an Ernst staffer) tweets about Steve King and white supremacy (Updated)

On Saturday morning, Sen. Joni Ernst’s official Twitter account posted two tweets addressing the New York Times profile of fellow Iowa Republican Steve King published Jan. 10, which featured the congressman asking, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” I condemn Rep. Steve King’s comments on white supremacy; they […]

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Steve King regrets the ‘heartburn’ caused by his white nationalist statements, but doesn’t regret making white nationalist statements

Iowa’s most famous congressman, Steve King, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday to assure the nation that, despite his long history of white nationalist statements, his loudly professed belief in white nationalist conspiracy theories and his endorsement of white nationalist political candidates, he is not a white nationalist. “But […]

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Joni Ernst sends fundraising letter attacking Democrats for ‘dirty tricks’ against Brett Kavanaugh

In a year-end fundraiser letter for her reelection campaign, Sen. Joni Ernst warned Iowans that billionaires “from both coasts” are trying to undermine their “Heartland values,” and reminded potential contributors about her support for Brett Kavanaugh. “I sincerely respect that others hold different views,” the Iowa Republican, who frequently touts her commitment to bipartisanship, wrote, […]

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